Post by Nevada Hoya on Mar 7, 2012 18:16:04 GMT -5
This year we have no men qualfied for this meet. Andrew Springer and Theon O'Connor were the closest to qualifying. Andrew was less than 2 seconds away from qualifying in the 3000m, while Theon was about a second from qualifying in the 800m.
We do have two women entries. The DMR team qualified in the third best time in the nation, and Emily Infeld qualified in the 3000m with the second best time in the nation. We have a chance to win both events.
Post by sleepyjackson21 on Mar 7, 2012 20:40:49 GMT -5
I noticed on the startsheet that Jordan Hasay of Oregon is listed for both the mile and the 3k but is not listed for the DMR. Last time they ran they had Becca Friday run the 1200 leg and Anne Kesserling run the 1600 leg. Not that there is much a drop off since Friday and Kesserling are also in the mile field.
3000m field is absolutely loaded. The winner is going to have to be at the top of her game. Emily certainly is capable of taking it.
Post by reformation on Mar 8, 2012 11:29:38 GMT -5
Emily definitely has a decent shot to win, though I thought she would have had a better shot at winning the mile. The girl from Washington is the favorite in the 3k, but Emily certainly in the conversation. For the mile sh'ed have to be considered the top contender.
Post by Nevada Hoya on Mar 8, 2012 19:59:57 GMT -5
From letsrun.com Women's DMR: Washington, Oregon Or Georgetown?
Three teams - Washington, Oregon and Georgetown - come into Idaho having run 10:55 to qualify, which is pretty darn fast. Leading the way are the #1 seeds and the favorites in most people's minds - Washington. The Huskies are the favorites not because they have the #1 seed time but because the DMR comes down to the anchor and they have the best anchor in Katie Flood, who leads the 2012 indoor list in the mile by a ton. Flood has run 4:28.48 this year - second on the list is 4:31.92.
But we talked to one NCAA distance coach about this race and said, "So Washington is the team to beat, right?" His response. "No, Georgetown is going to take that race. The 2012 NCAA indoors are going to be Emily Infeld's coming out party. She's incredible on the track and a lot of people don't know about her really because she's been overshadowed by Villanova's Sheila Reid."
Infeld is indeed very good. The 4th placer at cross-country in the fall pulled off triple wins at Big East this year (DMR, mile and 3k).
The Oregon Ducks shouldn't be discounted if they end up running Jordan Hasay on the anchor. Last year at NCAAs, Hasay arrived as a star, as after losing out in the DMR to Sheila Reid, she ended up taking the mile and 3,000 titles and the 3,000 title included some sweet revenge on Reid. But the Ducks may not anchor Hasay, as Vin Lananna is trying to keep Hasay fresh for the Olympic Trials and what not. But if Hasay doesn't anchor, the Ducks still have a shot, however, since Anne Kesselring is no slouch. She's #3 on the mile list at 4:32.61.
LRC Quick Take: This is going to be a fun one to watch at the end as all of the big players should be there. Infeld is very race sharp - we're going with her on the advice of someone who knows more about women's running than we do.
Post by Nevada Hoya on Mar 9, 2012 13:14:33 GMT -5
I thought they might replace London with Amanda. Keeping our fingers crossed for tonight. I think it boils down to the anchor leg, as most DMRs do. It is almost a handicap if you are leading going into the anchor leg, as the other runners will draft on you.
Post by Nevada Hoya on Mar 9, 2012 15:45:11 GMT -5
Infeld was named Mid-Atlantic Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA ) on March 5. Her impressive conference performances also earned her the honor of Georgetown University's 2011-12 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Female Scholar-Athlete. She won three individual championships to lead Georgetown to a first-place team finish at the BIG EAST Conference Indoor Championships. Infeld was also named BIG EAST Women's Track Athlete of the Week twice during the 2012 indoor season.
Post by reformation on Mar 9, 2012 23:41:17 GMT -5
Women come in 4th in DMR. Emily Infeld was outkicked on the last lap by Wash, Ore, and Dart. The final leg slowed and Emily went for the lead and had the lead w/150 to go but was passed on final turn by washington and faded i bit in the final 50 as she was passed by oregon + dartmouth. 400/800 legs looked really good for gtwn--1200 was slightly subpar but it all came down to the last 150 in the 1600.
Hopefully emily can come back and surprise in the 3k. Katie Flood the Wash anchor looked amazing on the 1600 anchor and she will bea heavy favorite in the 3k. Given the strong field I suspect that there will be a much faster pace which should give emily a better chance.
Post by sleepyjackson21 on Mar 9, 2012 23:56:09 GMT -5
Great leg by Chelsea. She covered and made up ground on both Oregon and Florida. Slow pace to start the 1600 ended up hurting us. I think if it was a faster pace, Emily would have bided her time and then made a move later closer to the finish.
Post by reformation on Mar 10, 2012 0:01:30 GMT -5
Yes, that probably would have been smarter to kick slightly later given the altitude--Enily has clearly been practicing El Gerrouj like long kicks and she tried to do it tonight--she did not look as relaxed as she normally does.
its good however that the same team will have another shot at the win next year.
Post by sleepyjackson21 on Mar 10, 2012 0:15:58 GMT -5
Very true regarding the altitude. Normally when Emily makes her move, she finishes soo strong. And this time, given the pace of the race, she made her move earlier than normal and unfortunately paid the price.
Post by sleepyjackson21 on Mar 10, 2012 13:12:54 GMT -5
Ironically, i think the fact that the Oregon runners had all run earlier, ended up being a negative for the Hoyas. Had they been fresh, i think the Oregon runners would have pushed the pace. This allowed teams like Dartmouth to be there in the end. That and the fact there were 13 teams in the race. Really hard to get any separation. Maybe Emily could have pushed the pace when she first got the baton but that's in hindsight.
Post by Nevada Hoya on Mar 10, 2012 13:57:05 GMT -5
Very interesting comments. I was thinking maybe the altitude might have affected Emily on her kick. It is only 2700 feet, but maybe that is enough. Waiting to start her kick later might have worked more effectively, at least to bring us in for 2nd. Katie Flood was impressive. We will see how Emily does tonight vs Katie and Abby and Jordan. Good luck to Emily.